Whether you're looking for local bands or Coachella-caliber headliners, there are plenty of upcoming concerts in L.A. this November. We've scoured venue listings and scoped out new artists to bring you everything from secret shows on Sunset Boulevard to free concerts. All of the city's best music is right here in our calendar of upcoming concerts in L.A.
The best concerts in November 2018
Head to Echo Park on Mondays for free residencies at one of the best venues on the East side, the Bootleg. Theater shows happen in the Gallery, and music in the Theater (in back) and the Bar (in front). Residencies take place in the bar, with high tables and stools in the back, a bar with great craft brews and a high, open-beamed roof with great acoustics. Check the Bootleg's calendar to see who's on the bill month to month.
It's free music every Monday when sponsored, up-and-coming local bands call the Echo stage home for a one-month stint, honing their stage presence and giving various opening acts a chance at the spotlight as well. If you're worried a Monday night will fill up to capacity, you can RSVP on the Echo website for VIP entry. When a band is on its third or fourth Monday and killing it, this is a pretty convenient way to make sure you're in on the action.
Silver Lake's legit little music venue offers up some of the best local music in the city every Monday night... for free. Check out LA bands that are about to make it big (acts like Fitz & the Tantrums, Superhumanoids and even Local Natives have graced the residency stage) without spending a dime—well, except on maybe a beer, or a round for the folks onstage. Check the Satellite calendar to see who's on the bill each month. Acts often have a rotating cast of openers, so you can see different bands each week while watching the main act work on material, become more comfortable onstage and find their rhythm as the month goes on. Then a few years from now, you can say "I saw them when...."
Put every sort of large-scale event into a blender and you might get something like Big Adventure. The self-described music, comedy, cosplay, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, comic-con festival hits Costa Mesa this November with a mix of, well, all those things. Empire of the Sun, Modest Mouse, Phantogram and Cold War Kids top the music side of the two-day fest, with comedy from Patton Oswalt, Jim Jefferies, Hari Kondabolu, Kristen Schaal, Maria Bamford, Natasha Leggero, Ron Funches and more. Other activities include a dance stage, celebrity panels, live podcasts, exhibitors and more. Passes go on sale Friday, July 13 at 10am. Single-day tickets start at $39.50 during early bird pricing, with weekend passes for $69.50. The fest itself arrives November 3 and 4 at the OC Fair & Events Center (by the looks of the festival map, expect everything to be indoors, for better or worse).